Mbala still a slam dunk for UAAP 79 Week 7 Dream Team

Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on Oct 25, 2016 07:04 PM
Mbala still a slam dunk for UAAP 79 Week 7 Dream Team
HIGHLIGHT. Ben Mbala and DLSU continue to dominate the league and our weekly list.

Week 7 is over and done with in the 79th Season of the UAAP Men’s Basketball Tournament.

And after seven weeks, players have already begun capturing our hearts and our minds. True to this year’s theme of “Dare to Dream,” we bring you our Week 7 Dream Team.

Ben Mbala, De La Salle University

Another week, another pair of dominant double-doubles for DLSU’s “Kid from Cameroon.” In blowouts of NU and UST, Ben Mbala normed 25 points, 14.5 rebounds, and 3.5 blocks. Just as the Green Archers have not found their match, he is also yet to find someone who could stop him – or even just come close.

Raymar Jose, Far Eastern University

The defending champions’ heart and soul never stops working. That much was again evident as his 20 points and 12 rebounds willed FEU right through fighting UP. Raymar Jose has always been the proverbial glue guy who did the dirty work for the likes of Terrence Romeo and Mac Belo, but it’s high time that we finally appreciate his tireless effort and constant effectivity.

Papi Sarr, Adamson University

It was Papi Sarr and his 25 points, 15 rebounds, and three blocks and Papi Sarr alone who unshackled Adamson from their recent struggles. On his back, the Falcons soared once more into the win column. He may never catch up with his fellow Cameroonian in the MVP race, but towing Adamson into a playoff showdown with Mbala’s DLSU may very well be enough of a consolation prize.

Raffy Verano and Jolo Mendoza, Ateneo de Manila University

Ateneo was a perfect 2-0 last week and there wasn’t an individual they could credit for it – and so would we. Those twin wins were courtesy of a couple of rookies who have done nothing but exhibit the Blue Eagles’ underrated depth. From Jolo Mendoza’s 15-point shooting spree last Wednesday to Raffy Verano’s 20-point outburst last Saturday, the kids from Katipunan have been making statements that they are not to go quietly into the night.

Jeron Teng, De La Salle University

For the first time in quite a while, Jeron Teng is not at the center of DLSU’s universe. Still, that’s not stopping him from putting up per game counts of 14.5 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 3.5 assists through two games. Season 79 is the victory lap for the former Finals MVP and Rookie of the Year and he is clearly enjoying it – be it under or away from the spotlight.


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